About Our Church
Meet Our Staff
Roger and his wife Joy have been in full-time ministry for over forty years, serving the Lord in churches throughout the southeast and mid-west. Roger has served both as music pastor and senior pastor. The Powells have also stayed actively involved in Christian education and music education. “Childhood sweethearts,” Roger and Joy married after college. The Lord has blessed them with six children and five grandchildren. The Powells, along with their youngest daughter Rachel, joined our ministry in April 2015. He came as the Administrative Pastor and Minister of Music. As of January 1, 2019, he stepped into the role of the Senior Pastor, upon Pastor Baggett’s leaving to return to missionary service.
Roger & Joy Powell
Senior Pastor and Music Director
Pastor Joe Hembrough and his family came to Bible Baptist Church in the late summer of 2019. Joe and his wife Hannah served faithfully in a volunteer capacity as they finalized preparations to go to the mission field in the country of Peru, on January 1, 2020. While in Lima and the surrounding areas, the Hembroughs were involved in soul-winning, church planting and Bible Training. The Lord blessed their ministry there in a special way. In late fall and early winter of 2020, the Lord began moving in Brother Joe’s heart concerning the need for a new Assistant Pastor at our church. After much prayer and counsel, the Lord made it clear that the Hembrough’s were to return to Clarksville to continue their service to the Lord at Bible Baptist Church. Among other responsibilities, Pastor Joe will be leading our Youth Ministry and our Outreach Ministry.
Joe & Hannah Hembrough
Youth and Outreach Pastor
Pastor Mike Foster joined the staff in August of 2021. He is originally from Michigan and moved to South Carolina during his junior year of high school. After graduating from Bob Jones University, Mike moved back to Michigan where he served for several years at Juniata Baptist Church and Juniata Christian School. In 2002, God called the Fosters into evangelism working specifically with Dr. Earl Jessup and Baptist Church Planting Ministry. Mike traveled and helped plant over 50 churches during those years. In 2010, God led the Fosters to Troy Baptist Temple where Mike became the assistant pastor working with the youth and music.
In 2011 Pastor Foster finished a book entitled "The Spiritual Song" which is an explanation of the problems in our church music today. Pastor Foster has a heart for revival and evangelism and leads our music program at the church. He teaches a Sunday School class for adults and oversees the media ministry. God has blessed him and Bonnie with four living children ages five to fourteen, and one in Heaven named Joel who passed away in August of 2010.
Mike & Bonnie Foster
Music and Media Pastor
If Jesus Christ returned today, do you know for sure that you would go to heaven with Him? If you’re not 100% certain, we urge you to continue reading. Salvation is not a difficult process like some may lead you to believe. Jesus did the hard part by dying on the cross.
1. Realize that God loves you and has a plan for your life.
“For God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
2. The Bible says that all men are sinners and our sins have separated us from God.
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23
3. God’s Word also says that sin must be paid for. “Wages” means payment. The payment of our sin is death and hell, separation from God forever. If we continue without Christ as our Savior, we’ll die and be without God forever.
“For the wages of sin is death…” Romans 6:23
4. The good news is that Christ paid for all our sins. Our sins were laid on Christ on the cross. He paid our sin debt for us. The Lord Jesus Christ died on the cross, and He arose from the dead. He is alive forevermore.
“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
5. We must personally pray and receive Christ by faith as our Savior. “Lord, I know that I am a sinner. If I died today I would not go to heaven. Forgive my sin, come into my life and be my Savior. Help me live for You from this day forward. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”
“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Romans 10:13
So Let’s Review:
John 3:16: God loves you!
Romans 3:23: All men are sinners.
Romans 6:23: Sin must be paid for.
Romans 5:8: Christ paid for our sins.
Romans 10:13: We must pray and receive Christ as our Savior.
A new life begins when we receive Christ as our Savior. Let us help you in your new life as a Christian. Study the Bible with us and build your life on a solid foundation.
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Statement of Faith
We believe the Bible is Divine revelation inspired by God. The Bible is infallible and is the final authority for faith and life. The King James Version is the “official” and only translation used by our church.
We believe that God uses different means of working with people during different periods of history (Innocence, Conscience, Civil Government, Promise, Law, Grace, Millennial Kingdom.)
We believe in one Triune God, eternally existing in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
We believe that Christ came to earth and took on the form of man, without ceasing to be God, being conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin, Mary. We believe that Christ accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross. We believe that Christ rose from the grave and ascended to Heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God, interceding for His children.
We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer at the moment of salvation, convicts the world of sin, empowers and enlightens believers and gives to them various gifts for use in service.
We believe that man was created in the image of God but fell into sin because of Adam’s disobedience. As a result, every person is born with a sinful nature and needs salvation.
We believe that salvation is the gift of God through grace and not of the works of man. The gift of salvation is received when a person places his faith in Christ for the forgiveness of sin.
We believe that once a person is saved, he is always saved, being kept by God’s power.
We believe that the church is the body of Christ and is made up of born-again people. The church is autonomous and local answering directly to God.
We believe that baptism by immersion is to take place after a person is saved, as an outward sign of following Christ in death, burial, and resurrection. It has no power to save.
The Lord’s Supper
We believe that believers are to periodically participate in the observance of the ordinance of the Lord’s Supper to remember Christ’s death until He returns.
We believe that while a Christian lives in this world, he is not to be of the world. Believers are to live apart from all worldly practices and associations and are to not allow sin to dominate their lives.
We believe in the personal, imminent return of Christ to rapture the Church before the seven-year Tribulation.
We believe in the bodily resurrection of all people; the saved to eternal life in Heaven and the unsaved to eternal death in Hell.
We believe that the devil is the author of sin and the cause of the fall of man. He will be punished eternally in the Lake of Fire.
We believe that everything in the universe was created in six, literal 24-hour days by the direct act of God speaking it into existence.
We believe that God has ordained all authority consisting of three basic institutions: the home, the church, and the state.
We believe that God created male and female and that all intimate relations are to be between husband and wife. All other forms of intimate relations are a perversion of God’s design.
We believe that men and women are spiritually equal before God, but that God ordained distinct and separate spiritual functions for them in the home and church as outlined in Ephesians, chapters 5 and 6.
We believe that God intends for marriage to last until death parts a couple. We believe that what God has joined together, man should not put asunder.
Abortion and Euthanasia
We believe that life begins at conception and is sacred. Therefore, taking a human life before birth or in old age is an act of murder.
We believe that God is love and that it is a chief characteristic of those who follow Him.
We believe that God’s people are prohibited by Scripture to bring civil lawsuits against other believers, due to its hurting the testimony of Christ.
We believe that God has given the church the commission to proclaim the Gospel to all the world at home and abroad.
We believe that it is God’s expectation that every Christian be a good steward of the wealth entrusted him by God, by financially supporting his local church through tithes and offerings.
What to Expect
I’m brand new, what should I expect when I visit?
If you visit us on Sunday morning, you will have the opportunity to attend one of our small group Bible studies and our morning worship service. We will have hospitality greeters at the doors to greet you when you arrive and guide you to where you and your family should go. They can answer any question that you have at the time.
We have exciting, large and small group Bible study classes for every age group. You can find out where your age group meets for Sunday School when the ushers greet you at the door.
Our morning worship services are uplifting times of praise and challenge from the Word of God. Pastor Powell preaches practical Bible messages.
What about my children?
From nursery age through teenagers, we have a place for everyone. When you arrive, you will be given personal instructions about the location of each of our preschool, elementary, and teen classes. Our people will be glad to direct you where to go. During the morning service everyone four years and up will start out together in the auditorium. During the last congregational number the children will be dismissed to their class in the fellowship hall and parents can pick them up (if they choose for their kids to attend Junior Church) after the service at the fellowship hall.
A nursery (newborn through 3 years) is provided for every meeting at Bible Baptist Church. This service, provided by quality and qualified workers who have gone through background checks, will help you enjoy what you hear and also limit distractions during the activities of the meeting.
What should I wear?
We do not have a dress code for our members or guests. Although many of our leadership and members dress in a “traditional style,” we want you to feel welcome and comfortable while you visit.
How can I meet the pastor?
The pastor is available after the services to greet members and guests in the lobby. On Sunday morning and evening, he will be greeting guests at the back door exit to the church lobby.
I have other questions. How can I get them answered?
Please give us a call at our office (931-358-2493) or drop by if you have any questions and we would love to answer any that you might have.